BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SCOTT J. SVONKIN
Scott J. Svonkin is serving his third consecutive term as president of the Board of
Trustees, the first time in the district’s nearly 75-year history a president will serve
three consecutive years. Svonkin was elected to serve on the LACCD board in 2011 and
re-elected in 2015.
Svonkin is a member of President Obama’s College Promise National Advisory Board,
part of the campaign to allow responsible students to attend two years at a community
college tuition-free. He is serving a three-year term in this role.
A high-school dropout, Trustee Svonkin is a prime example of the role community
college can play in transforming lives. He enrolled at Pasadena City College, went on
to get a B.A. at California State University, Northridge, and served on the San Gabriel
Unified School District Board before being elected to his current position.
His career focus has been in public service, particularly on education and non-profits,
and as a businessman and experienced community activist. Trustee Svonkin currently
serves as Chief of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Los Angeles County
Assessor Jeffrey Prang.
Previously, Trustee Svonkin served as a member of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s
staff and worked as Senior Advisor to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Trustee Svonkin has also served as Chief of Staff for State Assemblyman Paul Koretz and
was a Deputy Councilman for West Hollywood. As a chief of staff, Scott was involved in
key legislative projects such as: an aggressive anti-crime program focused on getting
guns off the streets, the protection of children from tobacco and its advertising arms,
and support for public education and working families.
As Deputy Councilman, Scott worked on important legislation, community liaison
activities, intergovernmental affairs, media relations, and constituent services for
Trustee Svonkin is committed to promoting educational opportunities for all through
various organizations. He twice served as President of the Los Angeles County School
Trustees Association and has served on the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation
Board, the California State University, Northridge Legislative Advisory Council, the
LA PROSPER Board of the Los Angeles Community College District, and the Center
for Southern California Studies Advisory Board. He is a former Chairman of the Los
Angeles Unified School District Advisory Council for District Four. As a health care
executive, he arranged for his company to donate almost one thousand computers to
Concerned about public health, Scott served on the board of the Children’s Hospital L.A.
Huckleberry Fund and on the California Respiratory Board where his fellow members
elected him President shortly after his appointment. Scott is a member of the Board
of Directors of the California Credit Union—a billion-dollar financial institution, and is
also Chairman of the Los Angeles County Insurance Commission.
A native of Los Angeles County, Scott attended public schools and served two terms
as the Student Member of the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees before going
on to California State University at Northridge. Scott received his Associate of Arts
degree from Pasadena City College with the Class of 2016.
During his six-and-a-half years with Prudential, Scott received the company’s
Community Champions Rising Star Award for his commitment to helping others and
the Hero Award for creating a voter registration and grassroots-lobbying program.
Scott and his wife Jennifer have a daughter, Rose, and a son, Sam.
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